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‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap: season 4, episode 12: Marlo vs. Sheree!

Marlo Hampton talks etiquette, then shows her etiquette during a verbal free for all with Sheree. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Marlo Hampton talks etiquette, then shows her etiquette during a verbal free for all with Sheree. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

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Honestly, most fans watch these “Housewives”-type shows for the silly cat fights. Sometimes, they get physical. Sometimes, they are simply verbal. But you can hear the mewing from miles away.

Tonight, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” has the verbal tussle of the season to date, courtesy of Sheree Whitfield and “Housewives” wannabe/plant Marlo Hampton during the start of their 10-day trip to South Africa.

Hampton is edited in the most unflattering way this episode. First of all, trip organizer Phaedra Parks and her posse, Kandi Burruss and Sheree, are annoyed by Hampton just showing up, invited by NeNe Leakes. Team Phaedra also find Marlo overly gabby and obsessed with “etiquette.” Heck, she even annoying tests Phaedra on “etiquette,” then does the “buzzer” sound when she gets it wrong. Classy!

“I doubt Emily Post has a chapter on aggravated assault,” said Sheree, alluding to Marlo’s seven arrests, including one for aggravated assault.

“Blah blah blah! She never stops talking!” Kandi said to the cameras. She even said in Marlo’s ear shot. “This one needs a muzzle!”

NeNe is bemused by all this tension, probably because she caused it by invited Marlo in the first place.

The six women (including Cynthia Bailey) settle into Cape Town in a lovely penthouse for a day before going on safari. Sheree at first jokes that she wants to room with NeNe and Phaedra. Everyone is stunned silent. Then, waiting the proper beat, Sheree said, “Just kidding!” Maybe Sheree should get into stand-up comedy! Even NeNe found that one funny.

Phaedra the next morning gives a hand mirror to each lady as a gift for coming – except Marlo, since Marlo wasn’t invited. Mildly awkward but then it gets worse.

Sheree says a friend of hers in South Africa invited them to a dinner party but she only invited Phaedra and Kandi, not Cynthia or NeNe (or Marlo, for that matter.).

Marlo later that day confronts Kandi for not being friendly enough to her at a mall. “She gave me a phony a** hi and kept walking,” Marlo said. (This isn’t even high school level silliness. This is middle-school level silliness!)  “I ain’t like that!” Kandi said, scrunching her face up. Though this argument dies on the vine, Kandi clearly does not like Marlo. That “hi” probably was “phony a**.”)

Then NeNe goes after Phaedra for being cold to her.  Phaedra won’t take this type of bait. She denies any reason to be chilly toward NeNe. I can’t recall anything specific about why they never became buddies but they have kind of circled each other warily since Phaedra popped up season three.

Just before Team Phaedra leaves for Sheree’s friend’s party, Cynthia comes by and Sheree surprisingly invites Cynthia to the party – but not NeNe and Marlo. Cynthia goes right back to NeNe and Marlo to tell them exactly what happened. (Yes, this is middle school! Or maybe elementary school?)

NeNe doesn’t care. She didn’t want to go to some Sheree-connected party anyway. But Marlo sees an opening to generate some drama and maybe solidify her shot at getting on the cast!

She runs over to Team Phaedra and confronts Sheree about not getting invited. “I have no idea why Marlo is so pressed about going to the party. Marlo and I are not friends. What’s the problem?” Sheree said later.

Marlo dumps all that etiquette crap and gets down and dirty: “That’s why you don’t have a man. Go hang with the f****ts, you ugly stupid a**.” Oh, yes, Marlo used a nasty gay slur. As Kandi noted, “I don’t know etiquette but I know you’re not supposed to say that!”

The argument escalates into bizarreness. I can’t understand most of what is being said. And the editors don’t even bother captioning most of it. The crux is that Marlo accuses Sheree of being broke and pretending to be rich while Sheree accuses Marlo of sleeping with a rich 80 year old just for the money. They make funny faces and utter noises at each other.

“They’re speaking in tongues or Spanish. It’s becoming gibberish at this point,” Phaedra said.

“Is this how I look in an argument? This looks absolutely stupid,” NeNe said.

Cynthia said if she knew her middle-school actions would cause this, she wouldn’t have said anything. Uh huh.

NeNe even tries to break it up but all we get is a “TO BE CONTINUED.”

Question: did all these ladies pay for this trip out of their own pocket? Or did “Real Housewives” producers “help out.”

In other “Housewives” news:

- Kim Zolciak is the only one who didn’t go to South Africa. She gets a token scene. She’s stuck at home without Kroy (in training camp) but with her son and Sweetie. Her father visits and says how much he likes Kroy and thinks they balance each other out. Kim’s youngest daughter said Kroy told her a ring is coming soon. Kim is annoyed by Sweetie because she’s not helping Kim enough. (Possibly setting up for Sweetie’s departure?)


“One bad apple does not spoil the apple sauce.” - Phaedra, trying to make the best of Marlo’s presence on the trip.

Capetown looks very Americanized. I never imagined it would look this way.” - NeNe. Was she imagining it would look like a bunch of shacks?

“I don’t want to share no bathroom. I have to have my own bathroom. I hate sharing a bathroom. Uck!”Marlo, sounding like a petulant teenager.

“Marlo should be grateful she has a place to lay her head. Maybe she could plan her own trip so she can have exactly what she wants.” – Phaedra

How about this for  etiquette? Shut up!” - Sheree, about Marlo


We see some scenes of the women on safari. NeNe seems especially antsy. The fall-out from the Marlo/Sheree battle was not clarified. We do see Marlo throwing cash up in the air at a bar. And Phaedra gets teary-eyed hanging with poor South African kids.


Episode 11 last week drew 2.77 million viewers, slightly up from a season low 2.7 million a week earlier. The show, which airs at 9 p.m., is now getting beaten by “Kourtney & Kim Takes New York” on E!, which drew 2.9 million an hour later. It’s also behind the comparable 11th episode a year ago at about 160,000 fewer viewers.

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January 29th, 2012
11:49 pm

Crazy women!


January 29th, 2012
11:56 pm

I would like the names of the housekeepers and need to know what time they leave….huh Marlo?


January 30th, 2012
12:03 am

Maybe someone should provide Marlo with a grammar primer so that her words can match her etiquette. Then again, maybe they already do.

the dane

January 30th, 2012
12:07 am

Marlo definitely told ugly and broke Sheree off. very funny she put sheree in her place. broke and struggling HA HA HA. perhaps Sheree should get on welfare until she is able to take care of her kids.


January 30th, 2012
12:08 am

Sheree is mean, mean, and very jealous of Ne Ne. A few minutes after all pledged to”get along”
she deliberately excluded the “talls” which infact she wanted to exclude Ne Ne. which was responsible for the cat fight. That was so Sheree. If Ne Ne is the Atlanta houswives show. Phaedra is fair and it seems that she planned a great trip.

Marlo Has No CLASS

January 30th, 2012
12:18 am


Don’t get into a peeing match with a SKUNK (Marlo).

Marlo is a wannabe.

But she can’t be.


January 30th, 2012
12:24 am

Marlo, Cynthia and Peter need to removed from the show. Cynthia is in desperate need of mental help care; mother & sister were fully aware of the crack Peter stepped in; he’s clearly “riding”.
Marlo is so crass; she is hard core; comes across as a grifter and is a bad influence . She truely brings out the worst in Nee Nee who is absolutey fabulous (love her) she must drops some of her denial of being an “ass”. Cynthia, Peter & Marlo must go! Bring another white girl into the mix. I love Kim and we need see something similiar.


January 30th, 2012
12:36 am

Really, “LADIES” REALLY? You have embarrassed us AAs enough. Neither of you (@sherod and marlon…intentional misspell) are heirs to the throne, estate or otherwise so why must you use material thing to dignify who you are as if it makes you better than the other and others? Neither of you have ever made it clear about how or what made you “wealthy” and neither of you can be found in any Fortune500 list…bottom line…#CUTITTHEF@CKOUT!!


January 30th, 2012
12:38 am

I really thought Sheree would have gotten some commercial opportunities. Sheree is not mean; she knows what she whats and has made some bad decisions especially concerning her ex and then blaming the lawyer for her decision when he got the one up on her in court. Sheree needs to listen.
Kandi is cool. Phaedra is the trashist lawyer I have ever seen and please tell her to lose the lip gloss her lips her toooo big and teeth too small; use something to tone down the lips; her husband is along for the ride just like Peter.


January 30th, 2012
12:45 am

Is this what our people died for?
We have lost our selves!
We have adapted every one else culture but our own!
We were great inventors
Now we just produce nothing but DEBT !
There always been fools but when did the fools start to take over.
The wise is being told to sit down or curse at for speaking the truth.
Our people make there money off the backs of there own. Parents has stop being the voice of reasoning because there in the high capping,broke, in debt , no rainy day funds, living the high life world.
Its just sad that most of my peers want the easy way out. No one wants to work for any thing any more.
Our people would stand in the cold for 10 hours just to get some $200 shoes. Or buy $200 – $400 weave that still have to be thrown away. These are the same people who did not vote for the mid terms. WE HAVE TO KNOW OUR SELVES again.
Wake up!


January 30th, 2012
12:47 am

Marlo is ghetto”!!!!!!! She is loud. Very loud

Emma Bocelli

January 30th, 2012
12:47 am

For the first three seasons, Housewives of Atlanta was the show to watch. I like Nene because she is real and can be both classy and down to earth. I have a problem with Kandi this season and Sheree. Everyone in the show besides Cynthia are trying to put Nene down and Khandi was dating a guy who was killed and had nothing to say positive about Nene. I think Nene has really improved. She has been able to maintain herself financially and most people watch the show because of Nene. I found Khandi’s comments to be harsh about Marlo.. Wether she is a housewife want a be, she has more class than Sheree. Sheree has been always jealous with Lisa from season I, II. What exatly what Shere does? She has a failed clothing line and her ex-husband barely supports her children. I do not understand why all the harsh regarding Marlo.. Kim had a big papa buying her gifts and I did not Khandi and Sheree saying antyhing about it. Marlo is honest about herself. This is really selfish. I wash the show for Nene. She is the only one who keeps improving from season to season. Khandi needs to take a great look at herself because she sound stupid and Shere Jealous and ignorant.


January 30th, 2012
12:48 am

She has no class I’m talking about Marlo


January 30th, 2012
12:53 am

First off, I love this blog and I love the comments even more. You guys are hilarious!

Now, I just can’t get past the ignorance displayed on my television this evening. It was funny when Marlo called Sheree ugly, but not funny when she used the f word and started going on (and on) about designer items. Who cares? You’re both dumb women who care more about Gucci than God. And Sheree, you really should worry more about your children and less about cars, purses, and shoes.

But I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t entertaining. I couldn’t believe two women over 40 resorted to whining at each other like 2 year olds. Strike that, that’s an insult to two year olds everywhere.


January 30th, 2012
12:54 am

I love Ne ne and Kandi the best ones on the show


January 30th, 2012
1:00 am


January 30th, 2012
1:07 am

I love me some Nene and Cynthia, Marlo girl don’t let the short girls get to you, they’re not worth it. Phaedra, kandi, sheree Kim they are all phony, they don’t even like each other. Phaedra and sheree had problem when sheree did not pay Phaedra for her court time…remember… When she was evaluating her Hermes bag and car…or do they now have amnesia….lol..kandi if fake as crap, don’t trust a her, talking crap from all corners of her lips. I’m team tall girls….Squash the short ones! squash ‘em…lol


January 30th, 2012
1:22 am

Tonight’s show was totally embarassing. It shows that money cannot does not buy class. Sheree has issues. She is envious and mean-spirited. Pretending to be rich and robbing Peter to pay Paul. I am not sure why Marlo even went on the trip. Kandi is messy. She should be more focused on revamping her music career instead of wondering how Marlo makes money (its hers and you can’t spend it, so why do you care?) NeNe was wrong for inviting Marlo. Cynthia is too old to be so childish. I felt sorry for Phaedra. I don’t see why she even associates with women who are clearly beneathe her.


January 30th, 2012
1:26 am

well kandi is most down to earthed lady likes a good time, sheree has little faults but she is cool only thing i did not like about sheree why are you buying expensive bags,clothes and fuss about ex not paying child support don’t worry about him he will get his at the end ok you should had listen to phaedra she want the man in jail phaedra has changed since she had the baby for the best nene she has some issues but she is good person just hanging out with want a good laugh kim has changed alot kroy is talking a lot more at first he look scared like kim speaks for him i love seeing loving couples congrats marlo marlo get off it you are nothing but drama get job make your own money every woman on here makes their own money not prosituting


January 30th, 2012
2:11 am

I still think NeNe wants to bump pee-pees with Marlo. Marlo over compensates by talking too much and making it seem as if she knows everything about anything……she doesn’t. She’s a bigger bully than NeNe, and she is really just trying to be the next villian since everyone else is getting stale.


January 30th, 2012
2:13 am

Seriously, Cynthia? She started this whole mess by going back to tell Manlo and Nene that she was now invited and they still were not. Sheree is not friends with Manlo and her and Nene are not on speaking terms. Why Cynthia?


January 30th, 2012
2:36 am

Seriously, Marlo makes no assumptions about who she is and where she got her money from.
If I were to sleep with an 80 year old man, Yes I would be getting paid as well.
At least she has something to show for it.
It was good enough for Kim,, having a Big Poppa.
Check out all of Kim’s furniture in their mansion, Kroy didnt have to buy a thing. Kim spent BP’s money and put her expensive stuff in storage.
Now because she has a husband her stuff don’t skink. Pleaze give me a break. How soon do we forget?
What was up with Kroy leaning over (Kim’s Assistance Sweetie) and kissing his son but NOT even saying bye to Sweetie? How rude was that!
I like Marlo on the show and would love to see her stay on, because this beating up on NeNe is way too much for me. JMO


January 30th, 2012
2:38 am

Sheree is her biggest fan!


January 30th, 2012
3:05 am

Cynthia was the instigator of all this,she is really the dog that took a bone with her needy self


January 30th, 2012
3:28 am

As an african American woman in 2012, it is time for Sweetie to move on to bigger things, this is an insult to her as a grown woman with skills and opportunities. Please Sweetie get another job or your own show, these people are insulting you in way as if this is the 1800s. Kim needs to take care of her own damn kids, house, and family before sweetie be taking care of your husband too. This is a major set back


January 30th, 2012
3:31 am

I hate sheree!!!! Can we start a ” I hate sheree movement” I’m in a room full of people watching this now and everyone agrees ( but we won’t waste our time, she’s not worth it). Omg, these women!!!! When you thought they were all going to be civilized and do things together, sheree starts the division thing. I thing sheree is unhappy and jealous. Kandi is dirty, very messy, Phaedra is a coward, talking about not kissing behind but it seems she’s actually worse. I love me some Nene.

Dark Man

January 30th, 2012
3:46 am

Does Kim Zoliack like black babies?

keeping it real

January 30th, 2012
4:05 am

really first kim has kroy and she is living her fairy tale we are all human she made her mistake and god has forgiven her.kandi has her on money and she made it all by herself and guess what that means she can do with it what she please and honestly do you really think she has to buy a man i dont think so i say kandi let all these haters be your motivator they wished they had it like you, your truly blessed.sheree keep your head up a lot of people are on the outside looking in thinking they know whats going on with you but it is what it is they looking in dont know a dam thing im with you call a dead beat a dead beat and also tell these haters to go to the gym with you and stop hating on you wishing they were you secretly if they werent you wouldnt be so hated or talked about do your thing girl god bless.phadre girl you a bad girl thats why you are hated they want to be you when they grow up blessed blessed blessed they may not like it but i love it keep keeping it real.cynthia you cant help you like peace be blessed and keep trying to keep the peace.marlo really who cares. and last but not least nene for real i use to be team nene but now you are making me a little ashamed to say this but you are turning into a monster and you cant live in this world alone you are loosing your friends one by one and now your just slumming hint hint marlo the uninvited guest you need to stop and sweep around your own front door before you try to sweep around anyone elses im done.


January 30th, 2012
4:08 am

NeNe and Marlo should be taken off the show, but I know they won’t be. They make money for the show and get people to watch. I was so embarrassed watching this show, but there was nothing else on. I know Atlanta housewives don’t act like this, rich or poor. What is keeping them from associating with each other, just stay away. A trip to Africa is messed up by this silly stuff, I will never make a mistake and watch this mess again.


January 30th, 2012
4:23 am

Thank God for the recaps (I live in South Korea and am too lazy to torrent). That being said, I guarantee you at the end of the show just look for “Promotional Consideration By__” you will most likely see Delta’s name there as well as the Capetown Tourism Office and whatever hotel. They comp’d it for publicity (a la Royal Air Maroc did for the NYC Housewives trip).


January 30th, 2012
6:31 am

WOW cynthia you are so messy !!!!! now see why Peter do what he do.BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO, why


January 30th, 2012
6:35 am

BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO, why would you allow to flaunt her dangerous criminal past towards these

Midtown Diva

January 30th, 2012
6:40 am

Marlo, Cynthia (with her messy self) and Peter must go. They need to exit stage left.


January 30th, 2012
7:11 am

Rise up Atlanta Housewives, Rise up!!


January 30th, 2012
7:17 am

G H E T T O NEGRO BEYACHTES…pure n simple


January 30th, 2012
7:19 am

Marlo is a hot mess and should never have been incorporate within this season and Kim makes me sick.


January 30th, 2012
7:27 am

BRAVO celebrates bad behavior. this Marlo chic is an insult to the justice system !!! BLACKWOMEN rise up ! NENE should see that Marlo is hanging for the ride.Cynthia I hope Peter put that thang on NENE,that maybe why she look so happy and refreshed lately.YES Cynthia,EVERYBODY KNOWS PETER AND NENE SMILE LIKE LOTTO WINNERS,WHEN IN THE SAME ROOM TOGETHER !!(everybody but Cynthia).I like NENE and respect how she put Marlo in her place, after all the only reason Marlo came was because of NENE.Sit yo country ass down Marlo …..pretty faces better get restraints.keeping real…. Marlo dont wanna see Khandi or Sheree period and phaedra gone sue and taze that wig extra crispy ..


January 30th, 2012
7:32 am

Clearly missed where Sheree said point blank “Marlo was not invited”. I thought that I heard Cynthia ask, “so I’m invited, but neither of them are invited.” But when she ran back (yes as we all know she RAN back) to tell Marlo & NeNe she said that Sheree stated that Marlo wasn’t invited. For some reason it appears that perhaps the producers have asked them to kick up the drama a notch. Because I do not recall ALL of them being so messy. Pheadra with all the sex talk (all the time), Kandi with all the talking behind their backs. Cynthia with the let me run tell this & that. Sheree & NeNe well…….you know.


January 30th, 2012
7:35 am

not haten on Marlo at all…just saying live your life with as much peace as possible with your past history..but you dont have to !!! choose to be messy ….because everybody sleeps on personal pillows and without peace and true change from our ugly ways you are the only one who will lay on that pillow and face your mess in the wee hours of the night!……. night night….


January 30th, 2012
7:40 am

poor sweetie ..NENE should embrace her, even hire her. she is looking real cute and KIm cant stand it.


January 30th, 2012
7:41 am

Get rid of MarNo. She’s not entertaining. Neither is Cynthia, she can go too.


January 30th, 2012
7:49 am

I know one thing, that was obvious and outright disrespectful for the whole world to see was on the previous episode when Troy left to go to camp, he went over to Sweetie and played with the baby before leaving and did not tell Sweetie bye. Remember this is the person who is primarily wiping the crap off of his child’s $ss. NeNe girl you were right.


January 30th, 2012
8:00 am

@Tasha– Well Said. It’s sad that all of these women and many others in society suffer from low self-worth and self-esteem. This is modern day slavery, a vast majority of our people fell to realize we‘re enslaved in our minds, instead of the chains on our feet, hands and neck; they’re boldly position on our minds, wallets and decisions. Movies, shows and commercials are designed to keep us programmed and in line. Ask yourself why they call it programming? Wake up people is right.


January 30th, 2012
8:00 am

I dont care for Marlo but I have to agree with what everything she was telling Sheree. Everything Marlo has is paid for…Sheree missed the whole point of what she was saying…..

RHOA groupie

January 30th, 2012
8:01 am

Marlo is low down trash..She needs to get a job other than spreading her legs.That would be proper etiquiette.Cynthia that was childish what you did.Get a life.Peter is just going to suck you dry.He has no respect for you and is very controlling.Kim really now.Most mothers do everything themselves and have for years. You had the baby not Sweetie.By the could have still fed the baby and sit at the table with your family.It can be done.Have you heard of multitasking!Sheree,Phaedra and Kandi hope you had a great trip anyway.By the way if you didn’t notice Sheree was seated in coach.


January 30th, 2012
8:10 am

Stop bashing Marlo, Heck if i were rich, I would have her too… she is confident, polished, and sophisticated.. Those are turn ons for men… Some of you ladies should take a clue from her. Atlease she is getting paid for what most of you are doing for free.


January 30th, 2012
8:11 am

@J- “Everything Marlo has is paid for” Oh, please we all know she got it from being on her knees, and even she isn’t shy about it..

Kandi and Phaedra are only the real self-made women on this show, who used their brains to acquire their riches.. Cynthia seems so dumb and confused all the time. The lights are on, but no one is home.


January 30th, 2012
8:13 am

@ Harris and MzKat- in reference to the way Kroy treated Sweetie. I thought it was weird that he didn’t even speak to her as he left. Sweetie, gather what’s left of your dignity and leave.

Marlo is a mess. People with money and class don’t discuss their money or try and school others in etiquette. These women are all so superficial. Louboutin this and Louis Vuitton that. Do they have anything else to discuss? When throwing insults, they all immediately talk about each other’s money or lack thereof. Pathetic.


January 30th, 2012
8:20 am

Kandi- Went to school with her. She’s always been down to earth and honest. But maybe she’s playing into what the producers want a little bit. I’m not mad but I understand. Get your check honey.
Phaedra – Love her! She’s smart, southern belle (like me) and has her OWN family. Ladies, please stop hating on her hubby. He is fine. What they have works for them………..not you.
NeNe – It is what it is. She is that ghetto friend who you like to be around, wouldn’t want to look or be like but you somehow like her spunk. She’s aight and I can appreciate her coming up. My only issue is that she and Greg are no longer together.
Sheree – *sigh* She needs counseling. She can be a better person. She needs a good friend and Jesus.
Kim – Work your shnit girl. I know what you up to. But since I’m a mom, I’m not gonna reveal your game like that. I just want her to keep it real with her daughters and how to get and keep a man.
Cynthia – She made a choice. Let her live her life. Her mom and sisters need to get a life and let Cynthia live hers. In laws are the worst in a marriage!!!!!
Marlo – I’m tired of tying now and really don’t have the energy left to address this woman…….well, okay….one word….opportunist.